DULUTH, Minn. - The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team had its eight-game home unbeaten streak stopped Saturday in a 2-1 setback to Quinnipiac University at AMSOIL Arena. The Bulldogs, who hadn't lost since Oct. 5, also had their four-game winning streak come to an end.
"Disappointing finish to today's game," said head coach Maura Crowell. "I think Quinnipiac came in here and executed their game plan well, even last night with our win. They clogged the middle up, played really well defensively and that really frustrated us and they came away with a win today because of it."
After a scoreless first 40 minutes, the Bulldogs took the game's first lead at 3:39 in the third period on Anna Klein's 10th goal of the season.
The play started from a blocked shot by Gabbie Hughes in UMD's defensive zone. Hughes recovered the puck and drove into the offensive zone on to net. Abbie Ives made the initial save on Hughes, but the puck fluttered up and behind Ives. Hughes and Klein both had an opportunity on the airborne puck, but it was Klein that hit rubber first and swatted it into the goal for the 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs had appeared to kill off a Quinnipiac power play, but as UMD's skater hit the ice, the Bobcats managed to draw even on a shot by Taylor House from the right circle at 11:13. Then just 19 seconds later, the Quinnipiac struck again, this time courtesy of Laura Lundblad for the eventual game-winner.
Ives had 31 saves for Quinnipiac, who improves to 9-15-3 overall. Junior goaltender Maddie Rooney made 28 stops for the Bulldogs, who outshot the Bobcats 32-30.
UMD (11-11-2) hits the road again next weekend to face the No. 2 University of Minnesota at Ridder Arena. Game times for the Saturday-Sunday series are set for 4:07 p.m. Saturday and 1:07 p.m. Sunday.
"We just need to get back to our game plan next weekend against Minnesota, stick to it and play 60 minutes and bring that fire. We get up to play teams like Minnesota, so it should be a good series."